Dansaekhwa means “monochrome painting” in Korean. This movement emerged in the late 1970’s in South Korea as a response to the political and cultural upheaval the country was encountering. These Korean artists focused on the physical properties of their materials and relied on a creative process that employed extended repetition of movements and actions to build up and layer the work. The Dansaekhwa artists purposely avoided any pictorial narrative or message, instead focusing on the relationship between the artist, the materials and nature to create a tactile, abstract, subtle and harmonious visual experience.
Prominent Dansaekhwa artists at The Lab include: Lee Ufan, Ha Chong-Hyun, Chung Sang-Hwa, Chung Chang-Sup, Park Seobo, Kwon Young-Woo, Yun Hyong-Keun.